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  • Empty words and technicalities

    “No thanks, we’ve already got some.” That was the government’s reply to requests for a Europol Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Law Enforcement Minister Byron Camilleri’s excuse to Parliament was that Europol’s already involved in the case. But the assistance they’ve been asked to provide so far — directed by […] More

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  • What are they so desperate to hide?

    Someone sure doesn’t want Joseph Muscat’s resignation letter to come out. You’d think a resignation letter would be pretty mundane. After all, the discredited public employee in question left his job four months ago. But when news outlets — including The Shift — called for the document to be made public, it was as though someone had […] More

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  • Buying silence one stooge at a time

    Former Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar is the latest Muscat crony to have his “parting gift” placed in the spotlight. It turns out the Commissioner that the people had been trying to get rid of since the 2017 Pilatus Bank debacle wasn’t asked to leave when Robert Abela took power. No, that indication of progress was […] More

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  • Hostage drama on the high seas

    Malta is holding 57 people hostage on the high seas to make some sort of point to Europe. They’re floating around 13 nautical miles offshore, in a Captain Morgan coastal ferry which isn’t designed for open water. It was licensed to navigate up to four nautical miles from land. But I guess that’s just a […] More

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  • Human trafficking on pirate island

    The Muscat Regime was like a cross between King Midas and Pig Pen from Peanuts. Everything il-Kink touched turned to gold for him and his friends — but it was crusted in filth for everyone else. Thankfully, that nightmare is over. Robert Abela is a different kind of leader. Sure, his tenure began as a series […] More

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  • Your right to know, compromised

    Malta has fallen another four places in the World Press Freedom Index. And what a fall it was when you add that to the plummet of 30 places over the previous two years. Whoosh…. there goes Togo. Whoosh…. was that Mongolia? Malta’s falling too fast to tell. Tunisia, Georgia, Armenia… even Panama passed in a […] More

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  • Another angry broadside from the Lobby of the Unhinged

    John Dalli wasn’t happy about our recent story on his virtual adventures in the ‘Free Republic of Liberland’. We know because he sent The Shift a very long message about “the pathetic article you published three days ago”. Now, I can understand why Dalli would accept every speaking engagement that crosses his desktop. Times are […] More

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  • Another day, another dodgy contract

    Another day, another dodgy contract. I wonder, what’s it like being Konrad Mizzi? The latest dirty deal to surface from the cesspool of Castille presents another face of the Great Electrogas Ripoff. It seems the island’s provider of overpriced energy wasn’t happy with the Auditor General’s investigation into its “sinister” contract. And so they tried […] More

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  • You’re only making it worse for yourself

    Well that didn’t take long. Keith Schembri’s short-lived publishing venture vanished faster than you can say “fake news”. Our story about the bizarre phoney newspaper had only started making the rounds of breakfast tables across Malta when both sites were taken offline. You’ll be glad to know that we downloaded full archives of this gem […] More

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  • Keith Schembri has a fake newspaper

    We each respond to a raging pandemic in our own way. Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, used COVID-19 as an excuse to grab dictatorial powers. Donald Trump is playing ‘pin the blame on anyone but me’. And Keith Schembri is hiding in Mellieħa trying to launder his reputation with a fake newspaper. But he didn’t […] More

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  • Watch what they do, not what they say

    When you want to evaluate someone, don’t listen to what they say. Watch what they do. “Robert is his own man,” we were told. “He has a very independent mind. A very clear, sharp mind. He’s focused.” And that’s just what you need in a time of national crisis. The Prime Minister held nothing back […] More

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  • The price of corruption is coming home

    Every ‘larger than life’ figure has its trademark. With Konrad Mizzi, it’s redacted contracts and complex webs of offshore companies. With Joseph Muscat — a smaller than average man with a larger than life ego — it’s arrogance paired with insatiable greed, and with the sort of shamelessness that won’t let the chance of a dirty […] More

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